Wednesday, October 22, 2014

House takes aim at IRS targeting

By The Herald Staff | 2/26/2014

WASHINGTON — A measure passed Wednesday by the U.S. House aims to protect the First Amendment rights of non-profit organizations from the Internal Revenue Service, its backers said.

“When I first learned the IRS was targeting individuals based on their political beliefs, I was shocked and outraged,”  U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Kan., said. “After months of hearings and investigations, the House has uncovered numerous examples of what appears to be a concerted effort by the IRS to single-out conservative groups and plot new regulations on the very same organizations they are under investigation for targeting.”

WASHINGTON — A measure passed Wednesday by the U.S. House aims to protect the First Amendment rights of non-profit organizations from the Internal Revenue Service, its backers said.

“When I first learned the IRS was targeting individuals based on their political beliefs, I was shocked and outraged,”  U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Kan., said. “After months of hearings and investigations, the House has uncovered numerous examples of what appears to be a concerted effort by the IRS to single-out conservative groups and plot new regulations on the very same organizations they are under investigation for targeting.”

H.R. 3865, or the Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act of 2014, prohibits the U.S. Treasury Department and the IRS from finalizing proposed 501(c)(4) regulations, or non-profit organization regulations, for one year, keeping regulations that were in place before Jan. 1, 2010, in effect.

Jenkins spoke in support of the measure, which is a companion piece to one introduced Feb. 11 in the U.S. Senate by Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.

“Our nation was founded on the freedom of speech, and any effort to hinder grass-roots advocacy by the IRS must be stopped,” Jenkins said. “Today’s vote would put the IRS’ proposed regulations on hold until our investigation is complete.”

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